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Located 45 km east of Antalya, Turkey, Aspendos Antique Theater presenting a 2000 years history, with an incredible acoustic. As an ancient Roman theater Aspendos is one of the best-preserved theaters, and since 1994 every year, Turkey is hosting its most important and wonderful organization which brings many different cultures in an atmosphere which is full of history, nature and beauty.
Aspendos is a magical, and one of the most fascinating ancient theater in the world, with a capacity of about 10.000 audience. The acoustic of the theater is marvellous, which transmits the sound naturally to the audience, thus there’s no need to use any kind of sound system.
The beauty of this antique theater and the region its located, makes Turkey an attraction center for many years. Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival gives a chance to opera and ballet lovers to enjoy their time, in an extraordinary atmosphere combining history, music, dance and beauty. The festival could be an interesting experience for the audience, and give them a chance to explore one of the most spectacular places in Turkey, where they may find the opportunity to seize the culture, art and beauty at the same time.
This year, Turkish State Opera and Ballet is organising 18th Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival, beginning on Thursday, 9th of June.
This year’s festival will begin with Bizet’s splendid opera Carmen represented by Istanbul State Opera and Ballet. One of the highlights of this year is Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra’s performance with a team of 125 people on 21th of June. The orchestra is conducted by the world-famous conductor, Zubin Mehta. They will perform Stravinsky’s “Symphony in Three Movements”, Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No.3″, and Strauss’s “Don Quixote”. The festival will have its closure on 2nd of July, with Puccini’s “Tosca”, which will be performed by Abay Kazakhstan Academic State Opera and Ballet.
Other works will take place in the festival are Luigi Cherubini’s “Medea”, Verdi’s “Otello”, “Barbarossa” (choreography by Beyhan Murphy, and music by Mercan Dede), Mozart’s “The Abduction From The Seraglio”, and Tchaikovksy’s “Swan Lake”.
The Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival, is a member of European Festival Association (EFA) since 2003.
For further information and the details of the program, please check the Festival’s official website:
Aspendos Antique Theater